Summary: I should have checked supermicro's support page for the mobo as this chassis is not a listed Chassis ( Optimized for X9SCM-F )
Pros: good case overall
Cons: I've used the SUPERMICRO CSE-813MTQ-350CB on past purchases but newegg was out stock so i bought 3 of these cases. Just to point out this case does not support the SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCM-F-O mobo due the power supply not being an 80 plus. It's a 520 watt but it will not boot this mobo. I spent a couple hours trouble shooting this until I tested it with an extra power supply I had and the chassis booted right up. Now i either need to ship these three chassis back or orde...
Summary: The lack of cable management raceways means that your cables (SATA and front panel) will be partially blocking the intake side of the fan array. Airflow on 1U servers is never great to begin with, but it's usually adequate -- as it is here. You will need to take your time and really work with the cables to ensure decent airflow.
Pros: Like most Supermicro cases, this one feels very sturdy and has minimal flexing. Everything you need is included, which means everything fits together nicely.
Cons: Airflow is less than ideal, even for a 1U case. The power supply cables were a little long even for a Supermicro board and had to be bunched up.
Summary: When building, after installing MB, manage PSU cables, remove fans, and then go directly to SATA cables tucked under the fan mounting brackets and SATA ports. Just a trick I learned from building a bazillion of these bad boys.
Pros: Very quality construction. Works as advertised.
Cons: Out of two dozen or more units purchased to date, I have only had one unit with one button on the left hand side that was bent and inoperable. I did not have time to return the unit due to production constraints but not a big issue for the customer luckily.
Pros: Works great as expected. I'm writing this so everybody will know that SuperMicro makes a special adapter cable available on the net if your not using a SuperMicro MB. This will save you from any soldering the front Panel LED's. Supermicro CBL084L, front control split connector cable. Like $7 Oh and the rack rails included are great.
Pros: The reviews are accurate about the PSU cable. It's a tight stretch. You will need the heatsink I have listed in this wish list for this build. We were able to make the cable inside the case work with the stock HSF, but with the 1U heatsink on the way.. I'm almost positive the extra cable is needed.
Cons: PSU cable is barely enough with a stock HSF (which won't let the lid close), so you will need it plus the heatsink in the above wishlist.
Summary: This is a great chassis, and is not really meant for generic boards. I was making a budget machine and had an asus desktop board. I really had to cram the board in to get it to fit, as there is a sound port on the motherboard. It barely fits, but other boards may not be so lucky.
Pros: This is a very good mid-range chassis for a 1u server!
Cons: The drive bays feel a bit flimsy, but that's not a huge deal.
Summary: It only comes with 4 fans, and one dummy fan. With a RAID card in the case you probably want to flip the dummy fan with the last fan, so that the dummy fan is closest to the PSU and there is plenty of airflow over your RAID card.
Pros: 350W is more than enough power for 4 hard drives (e.g. WD 1tb re3), a RAID card (e.g. adaptec 2405), and an Xeon X3400 series processor (e.g. X3440, 8 cores HT). Comes with
Summary: If you are getting this case, I'd recommend getting a Supermicro motherboard as well because case cabling is specifically tailored for Supermicro motherboards.
Pros: Very nicely done 1U server chassis. Good quality and solid construction. This the 3rd Supermicro server that I've built and I couldn't be happier.
Cons: Kind of my own fault for not considering it, but since 1U is very thin - stock Intel coolers will not fit. You either need to order heatsink from Supermicro separately or buy a generic one like Dynatron K129 (I've also tried K199 and didn't like it at all due to poor cooling)